You water, fertilize and give your lawn all the TLC it needs, yet come late-summer you still find unsightly brown patches scattered across the turf. If the turf in these spots can easily be pulled away from the ground, you most likely have a grub problem. And chances are if you don’t act quickly these voracious pests may spread and cause significant damage to your lawn.

From backyard barbecues and pool parties to cultivating your landscaping and “recession garden,” summer fun is even better when shared with others ... except when that group includes some unwelcome critters.

With winter giving way to spring, thoughts are likely turning to the untouched lawns or gardens as homeowners prepare for another year of backyard chores. The beautiful lawns and gardens of years past were a result of weekends spent grooming the yard instead of spending time with your family or at the golf course. But, that does not have to be the case much longer.

The warmer months provide numerous opportunities for hosting outdoor events: birthday parties, Father's Day barbecues, graduation celebrations, backyard campouts, weddings or a gathering for watching fireworks on the Fourth of July - the list is endless. Even when just hosting a fun neighborhood picnic or ice cream social, it’s important to get the outdoor living space looking its best for the big day.

Many ATV/UTV owners are preparing to store their ride away for the winter, but with a little planning, any enthusiast can utilize their all-terrain vehicle throughout the year without having to pay a shop’s expensive fees.

From dinner on city rooftop gardens to watching football in suburban outdoor living rooms, Americans have once again fallen in love with the great outdoors.

Warm weather has arrived and summer’s bounty of blooms and vegetables are finally in sight. And so are families of groundhogs, rabbits, squirrels, deer and other critters who just can’t wait to feast on the fruits of your labor. It is possible, however, to kindly encourage animals to look for their next meal somewhere other than your garden – and be kind to the environment at the same time.

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